Christmas Mass Schedules in the Diocese of Palm Beach

The TV Mass on Christmas Day

The Diocese of Palm Beach's pretaped Christmas Mass will air on Christmas Morning, December 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ION Television Network (on most local cable systems it is Channel 8). This is the channel that normally airs the diocese's weekly Sunday morning half-hour Mass.


Thanks to a partnership with local media, the one-hour Christmas Mass will also air on Christmas Morning on WPTV, the local NBC affiliate, from 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. and on CBS12, the local CBS affiliate, also from 5 a.m. – 6a.m.


The Diocese of Palm Beach produces a weekly half-hour Sunday Mass that is regularly shown on ION from 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.



Christmas and New Year's Masses


Mass with Bishop Barbarito

Bishop Barbarito will be the Celebrant at the following Christmas Liturgies on December 24:

  • 4:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rivera Beach
  • 8:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass at Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens
  • Midnight Mass (12:00 a.m) at Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens


Liturgical Celebrations at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola

December 24 - Mass of the Day

8:30 a.m. only


December 24 Christmas Eve Liturgical Celebrations 

4:00 p.m. Mass with Nativity Pageant and Children's Choir

6:15 p.m. Mass with Youth Music Ministry

8:00 p.m. Misa en Español with Bishop Barbarito as celebrant

11:15 Prelude to Mass at Midnight - Carols and Traditional Christmas Music

Midnight Mass (12:00 a.m.) with Bishop Barbarito as celebrant


December 25 Christmas Day Liturgical Celebration:

7:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There is no Spanish or 5:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day


The Florida Catholic publishes a special page of Christmas and New Year’s Masses to be held at various parishes around the diocese. To view the list, please click here.


To find other Masses, please contact a parish.





Christmas Celebration with Pope Francis  

If you would like to celebrate Christmas with Pope Francis, you can watch the Pontiff's liturgical celebrations on TV and on other widely-used electronic devices. Through the Pope App, the Pontifical Masses and events will be streamed live, which will make it accessible via smartphones and tablets.


The Vatican has issued the calendar of all liturgical celebrations that Pope Francis is slated to preside over during the Advent and Christmas seasons, extending through January of 2014.  Here are Masses you likely want to watch:


  • Dec. 24, Pope Francis will celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord with Midnight Mass in the Papal Chapel of the Vatican Basilica from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.
  • Dec. 25 Christmas day the Pontiff will honor the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord with a special "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica from 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. EST.The "Urbi et Orbi" is a special blessing which includes a papal address and an Apostolic Blessing given to the city of Rome and to the entire world on certain significant occasions in the Church.  
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the 47th World Day of Peace from 5 a.m. -7:30 a.m. EST.


EWTN is scheduled to broadcast the above events. Please view their program schedule for further details.



EWTN airs family-friendly shows and movies especially during the month of December. Be sure to check out their program schedule and view each week for the shows, concerts and Masses to be held. You will likely find shows to watch with your children such as

Nicholas: The Boy who Became Santa Claus.